A series on Rotterdam – Construction never stops

Rotterdam, if you have followed my series on this city from the beginning, you know this city was destroyed in the second World War, hence this city contains mostly modern buildings. But since the beginning of the existence of Rotterdam, when the city was still a little village called Rotta, growing has never stopped.

Construction in Rotterdam

Construction in Rotterdam, an always growing city.

A few facts on Rotterdam:

  • Area: 325.79 square kilometers
  • Population: almost 625.000
  • Population density: 2900 people per square kilometer
  • Population origin: 50% native Dutch people, 50% immigrants
  • Elevation: 0 meters

Erasmusbrug, or in English: Erasmus Bridge.

Some other facts:

  • Highest building: Maastoren, 165 meters high (the most left building in the image above)
  • Death-birth ratio in 2014: 5.500 deaths and 8.000 new borns
  • Education: more than 32.000 go to university, just over 21.000 go to an intermediate vocational education and about 30.000 go to high school
  • Average income: 29.600 euros per year per household
Never sleeping

The never sleeping city, but it’s not New York.

I have stayed in some hotels in Rotterdam, and although it is not New York, this city never sleeps (what kept me awake too much at night). Funny fact though: the construction of new high buildings next to the river Maas, gave the area of the city the nickname “Manhattan at the Maas”.

In one of the hotels I stayed, the personal were kind enough to give me access to a balcony, giving me the opportunity to take the shot below among others. One of their employees guided me through the staff entrance, so I could take some pictures. How kind was that?!


The staff of the hotel gave me access to their balcony to take this photo.

But deep down in Rotterdam, if you keep your eyes open, still some of the old harbours and buildings are visible. Showing that even this modern city, once was a small village.

Old harbour of Rotterdam

Old harbour of Rotterdam

Kind regards,



  1. Tieme,
    I did not know you have 50% immigrants. That number startled me. Do you know where they have come from mostly? I can imagine your city is like Manhattan. I love NYC. It is my second fave city right after my home of Seattle.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I have never been to New York, but would love to go there! And my girlfriend would love to shop there 🙂

      Yes, 50% is quite a lot. Most are from Morocco, Turkey, and Netherlands Antilles. Very diverse, which is nice, but brings some trouble too.

      Have a great weekend!


      • You too Tieme! You should go to New York if you ever have the chance! I say that city is a must for anyone coming to the US. I would put Seattle and than the state of California as 2nd and 3rd choices!

        • Thanks 🙂 Yeah, all those places to visit haha, but surely on the list to visit one day!


    • Thank you!! This is a nice old part of Rotterdam, and lovely place to enjoy some drinks.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

      Kind regards,

  2. Great night photos! Lovely colours. And what a great service of the hotel to let you use their balcony! It was definitely worth it it looks like from the pictures:)

    • Sorry for the late reply, I have been a bit tired and very busy lately. Thank you for your comment!
      It was a great service 🙂 I wanted to take more photos, but didn’t want to test their patience 😉

      Have a great week!


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